Wed, Oct 14, 2009
Threw A Rock, Shined A Spotlight At Low-Flying Agricultural
A Blenheim, New Zealand man appeared in court in Wellington
Monday after he allegedly threw a rock at a helicopter trying to
protect a vineyard from frost, and then shining a spotlight into
the cockpit of the aircraft.
The incident took place near Lake Grassmere in Seddon just
before 0400, according to the New Zealand Press Association.
The man, who was not named in the press report, was charged with
endangering transport and resisting arrest. He did not say why he
had attached the chopper, but it was flying low to the ground at
the time of the incident. Police Sergeant Tony Yardley
said he was likely wakened by the noise.
Yardley said the pilot was able to avoid the rock that was
thrown, but "The bigger problem was the spotlight in the eyes."
It is not the first time there have been complaints near the
vineyard about aircraft noise. Yardly told the NZPA that neighbors
had threatened such action in the past, but this is the first time
someone has actually made good on those threats.
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